Saturday, May 6, 2017

Do They Really Worship the Same God?

Many have bought into the deception that the three major monotheistic religions (Islam, Judaism and Christianity), all worship the same God. While it is true that each religion worships one God, the real issue is, "Do they worship the same God?"

In reality, the beliefs of these three religions are as far apart as east is from the west. Therefore, let's take a reality check assessments regarding these three religions  and their origin and credibility.

The first thing we notice is that all three religions claim kinship to a man named Abraham. A look at Islam first will uncover some details that do not add up to their claim. Abraham was originally named Abram. His wife's name was Sarai and without child. God promised Abram they would have a son in their old age, but Sarai gave Abram her handmaid Hagar to obtain a child. Abram's son by Hagar was named Ishmael. Ishmael is the one whom Islam claims God made the Abrahamic covenant with as the father of their religion. Notice Abram, not Abraham, was the father of Ishmael.

After Ishmael was born, God changed Abram's name to Abraham and his wife Sarai's name to Sarah. This was done right before Sarah bore the son God promised, and his name was Isaac. The simple question to ask is, "Why was Abraham named Abram when Ishmael was born? And, why did God change Abram's name to Abraham right before his wife had Isaac?" The simple answer is; so there would be no question about the one with whom God wanted to make a covenant with. That covenant is now known as the Abrahamic covenant.

Now let's look at this from another angle. Around 1900 BC, a man named Abram had a child  named (Ishmael) by his wife's handmaid (Hagar). God also made a promise to Hagar that Ishmael will be fruitful and multiply exceedingly, and will beget twelve princes. From God's promise to Ishmael, the Arab nations (twelve princes) developed. Notice, it was not Islamic nations, but Arabic nations that Ishmael became the father of. God did not establish the Abrahamic covenant through Abram, but waited until his name was changed to Abraham, and that brings us to our next major monotheistic religion -- Judaism.

God changed Abram's wife's name from Sarai to Sarah and Abram's name to Abraham right  before Sarah bore a son named Isaac. Only after Isaac was born did God established the Abrahamic covenant. God selected Abraham to become the father of the Jewish people around the year 1890 BC. Later, God chose Moses to lead the Jewish people from slavery into the Promised Land (Israel). Abraham was not the founder the religion of Judaism but the recipient of the covenant. Through the covenant made with Abraham, God promised the nation of Israel to be established through Abraham's son Isaac and Isaac's son Jacob, and for the Promised Land (Israel) to be populated by a people called Jews. The holy book of the Jewish people is the Tenach and is also called the Old Testament.

Some 2000 years after Abraham, a Jewish man named Jesus founded Christianity. The followers of Jesus believe He is God in the flesh. He declared He is the Son of God (John 10:36), and that He is the Messiah (John 4:25,26). Through His miraculous birth, Jesus came from heaven to earth to save man from death that sin produced, and provide everlasting life. Christians also believe in three manifestations of God through a concept called the Trinity. The Trinity expresses God as the Father, God's Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. The Jewish Tenach (Old Testament)and the New Testament comprise Christianity's holy book called the Bible. Christians believe in and worship the same God as Judaism although Judaism does not recognize the three manifestations of God.

Years after Christianity was founded, a man named Mohammad founded the Islamic religion in the year AD 622. Reportedly, Mohammad received a series of messages by the angel Gabriel. His messages stated that Abraham, Moses, Jesus and other prophets and messengers were only forerunners of the prophet Mohammad. Muslim is the name given to a follower of Islam. Muslims believe Mohammad is the final prophet of God. Many Arabs have adopted the Islamic religion mainly through the urging of their culture. However, an Arab can become a Christian, Jew or whatever religion he chooses and not only a Muslim. Islam's holy book is called the Koran, and oddly; even though Islam considers the Bible corrupted, it considers Bible prophets as its own and frequently quote it to justify a point.

All three religions claim that their roots go back to Abraham, to Israel and Jerusalem. Howbeit, the God of the Bible is the God worshipped by both Jews and Christians; yet Allah, the god of the Koran is not the same God as the God of the Bible. In addition, the prophets of the Koran cannot be the prophets of the Bible since in Islam's eyes the Bible is corrupted. Although they claim only part of the Bible is corrupt; what and who decides which parts? The only way one can decide if the Bible is right or wrong is that either 100% is right or 100% is wrong. There cannot be an in between, because no one, not even a religious group can dictate which parts are right and which parts are wrong.

So what is the real problem here? What single issue is the root cause of division? What is the greatest hindrance to unity among these three religions? By far, the greatest deterrent to unification centers on disagreements and lack of understanding by both Islam, Judaism pertaining to Jesus, the founder of the Christian religion. As mentioned, Jesus is the central part of the Christian doctrine called Trinity. The Trinity professes that Jesus is actually God in the flesh.

This Trinity is a sticking point for both Islam and Judaism. Each denies the existence of the Trinity and this is true even though Judaism and Christianity share the same God and the same holy book. Most Jews believe Jesus was a good man, but not God in the flesh. Muslims believe according to the Koran that Jesus was a prophet or a messenger of God. If we consider both of these viewpoints, they each contain inconsistencies. First of all Jesus could not be a good man if He is not God in the flesh because He would be the biggest liar who ever lived. Billions of His followers today believe He is God in the flesh and many in previous generations believed the same. Was Jesus a good man if He deceived all of His followers when He said: "I and My Father are one?"

The Islamic view that Jesus was simply a messenger or a prophet of God also contains inconsistencies. The Jesus of the Koran cannot be the same Jesus of the Bible, because if Jesus was a messenger of God, He was reporting what God wanted us to know. Jesus told us "He is the Way, the Truth and the Life, no man comes to the Father, but by Him." If this and the hundreds other related statements by Jesus is what God wants us to know, why would a Christian want to join another religion? However, if as Islam declares, Jesus was
merely a prophet and these statement were not true, then God would be a liar and Christians should throw their Bibles away. Should Islam rethink this position and face the facts or should Christians throw away their Bibles and begin reading the Koran? In any case, the Jesus of the Koran cannot be the same as Jesus of the Bible.

There are many more differences among the three monotheistic religions. The positions of these religions are inflexible an unyielding within the borders of their hierarchy and subordinate ranks. Each religion holds firm to what they believe as truth. Nevertheless, we shall never find real peace in the world today until these three religions come to a full agreement on one issue--is Jesus God in the flesh or was he a mere man? Is the Trinity true, or is it a false teaching? Since the Trinity has been revealed to us now at the beginning of the 21st Century, both Judaism and Islam leaders need to revisit and reevaluate the Trinity once more.

With prospects of any dialog remaining slim, it yet appears as the only way to resolve this issue. In the past, the Trinity had been a mystery, which other religions preyed upon and slammed as a false teaching. However, now that has all changed, and the Trinity has ceased to be a mystery. The full comprehension is now available with simplicity, divulging how God manifests Himself in three Persons. These biblical facts have been documented into a book form ("The Unveiling of the Trinity") and the overall current evidence is clear, credible and overwhelming enough to warrant the Trinity a fresh examination.

Continuing to hold our heads in the sand will never accomplish anything. The I'm right, you're wrong attitude must be met with proof. Perhaps the only way to achieve any measure of peace in a world torn by strife is to remove this single obstacle first by setting down together and examine these new facts. However, someone must take the lead and swallow pride by suggesting, "maybe we should take a look at this Trinity issue one more time." As the Scripture in Isaiah suggest; "Come let us reason together saith the Lord..." An updated book "The Mystery of the Trinity -- Revealed" is due for release soon.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Come Out From Among Them

The quandary is not with those who spiel hatred, but those who listen. Satan goes about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he can devour. Satan is going to do his thing no matter. It only affects you when you listen and act on his prodding. Today we see fulfillment of "The love of many will wax cold" (Matt. 24:12). Strife and hatred are not of God. The Bible calls God "Love."

Jesus said you would know them by their fruits. A good tree will not bring forth corrupt fruit, nor can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Most who condone sin, have never read the Bible, yet they trick the unknowing into believing they have. And even if they had, they could not understand it, because it is spiritually discerned: meaning only those born of the Spirit understand the things of the spirit (1 Corinthians 2:14).

The Bible says, "Come out of the world and be separated from them, do not touch their unclean things." Satan is the god of this world (1 John 2:16). However, the victory of Jesus on the cross means you do not have to be of this world. There is another option available for you since the cross of Calvary. You can become a son or a daughter of the Living God through what Jesus accomplished. (Acts 4:12) states, "There is none other name, under heaven, given among men, whereby we must be saved." Jesus said, "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no man cometh to the Father, but by Me."

If you are still under bondage to sin, get yourself free today, because "whom the Son sets free, he is free indeed." He can set you free from any vice you may have (drugs, alcohol, tobacco, porn etc.). All you need do is invite Him into you life as your Lord and Savior. Don't wait, or it may be too late!

Monday, March 6, 2017

What's Your Choice - Two Paths to Eternity

Everything we do in life is a choice. Do you want vanilla or chocolate? Which restaurant shall we eat at? What car should I buy? We even have to make a choice concerning where we want to spend eternity. That's right, and it is the biggest choice we will ever make in life. If we want to spend eternity in Heaven with Jesus, we must make a decision to do so. If we desire to spend an eternity in Hell with Satan, we do not have to do a thing, but go on living as we have been from the beginning.

Jesus said, there are two paths leading from this life to the life going on into eternity. He said the first one leads to destruction, and most of the people who live on this earth will go there. The second path leads to eternal life and few people who live or have lived on earth will choose to go therein. The path to eternal life is simple - believe in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, (confess with your mouth that He is your Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the death). Why then do so few inherit eternal life as Jesus indicated, especially when nearly two billion of the worlds population claim Christianity as their religion?

We can look at the huge assortment of numerous denominations within Christianity for the answer. Many do not adhere to strict biblical teaching. Others teach from the Bible, but rely more so upon strong traditional values and teachings conjured up by that particular denomination's founders. Many larger denominations fall under that type methodology. A handful have changed the Bible to fit their particular doctrine. Others have rewritten their own bible mentioning Jesus so as to classify themselves under the umbrella of Christianity. Most of these various offshoots of Christianity were formed centuries ago and have added members throughout the years. Nevertheless, there is only one source for knowing the things of God and that is the Bible. No, not just any Bible. Many have been transformed to fit the doctrine of its religious founder. Only a Bible as translated from the original Hebrew and Greek is acceptable. Not just reading it, but studying it and doing what it says - confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord. When you do your part, God will then do His part. You must make the first move - God will not override your free-will.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Can Church and State Truly be Separated?

I like to try to reason things out before going with the flow about different things. Sometimes I might miss an important part of the picture and reach a wrong conclusion. However, I cannot see any other conclusion about this issue than the one I am about to present.

Can we actually separate Church and State?
The answer depends on which political party you belong.
  • If you are a Republican: the answer is no; Church and State were never meant to be separated and it is not stated in the constitution.
  • If you are a Democrat: the answer is yes; the constitution declares Church and State shall be separate.
Who is right? Let us take an impartial glance at this vital issue.

When we talk about Church, take note that we are talking about Christianity as it is the only religion called the Church. The State of course is the American government. The reason we say America was founded on Judeo-Christian principles is that Judaism is the only religion that shares the same Old Testament Scriptures (values) as Christianity.

The majority of Americans claim to be Christian and therefore, belong to the Church. Likewise, since these Christians are Americans they also belong to the State. The Christian's first duty is to God (Church). Next in line of importance should be family, followed by a list that includes State, job, and other matters of importance to the individual. As you see, loyalty to State ranks below Church and family and although important, and it should certainly never outrank Church (God).

As a Christian's loyalty is primarily to God and God's Word, the values of God's Word should extend to every area of his or her life, including decisions based on politics and/or State. If the moral platform of a political party does not conform to those of the Bible, it becomes a major concern to the Christian. When a voter votes for a candidate who endorses immoral values, it indicate that the voter agrees and endorses the same immoral values as the candidate. The Bible clearly indicates that by agreeing with sin you are just as guilty as the one who commits the sin. In other words, if you applaud someone who is committing a crime, you are agreeing to the fact that whatever evil he is doing is okay in your eyes? The same when voting for a political candidate.

When dealing with the issue of separation Church and State, it is evident that no matter what the constitution declares, Church and State cannot be separated. For the Christian, it is important to belong to a political party whose platform stems from biblical moral standards and to choose and vote for candidates whose values derive from those same standards.

Sometimes it is hard to notice the wolf in sheep's clothing, so the next time you see a politician walking out of Church carrying a Bible, take note of what his party values stands for and in particular if his integrity reflex moral biblical standards. A careful check of his background should provide the necessary evidence. Therefore, if his moral values go against God's Word, do not become a partaker in his sin. The Bible tells us when confronted with a decision between Life or Death; choose Life. When confronted with the Pocketbook or Morality; choose Morality, because God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Jesus said: He who comes to Me will never hunger, he who believes on Me will never thirst.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Has the Immoral Minority Overtaken the Moral Majority?

With the Presidential Election coming up, I have republished this blog in light of the times. Even after the people have voted for their candidate of choice, this article will be relevant as the people have made the decision of whose moral values they wish to follow.


Sin is a word most people hate to hear, let alone be accused of committing. The Bible declares tears do not exist in heaven, but the late Reverend Jerry Falwell must be fighting them back. The morals in today's society have plummeted to an all-time low. Has Reverend Falwell's Moral Majority army of the 1980's and 90's now become the Moral Minority? With the past several elections over, Americans selected whom they desired as their leaders. Did they vote for someone with strong moral principles, someone who would guide us with wisdom of God's Word and His will for our nation, or did they risk placing our nation in jeopardy. The voter must realize that when someone votes for a candidate, he is agreeing with that candidate's platform? In other words, the voter embraces any immoral viewpoints, which his candidate may have.

Perhaps the biggest tragedy in America is the attempt to rid God from every venue of life. Each Christmas season that evidence becomes more evident. However, a close second, is one that must bring even God to tears -- abortion. For any clear thinking individual to dare compare the tragedy of abortion to any war we fight is a tragedy in itself. What the poll show at the time of this writing is that between 65 to 70 percent of Americans agree that the issue of abortion either does not matter anymore, or a woman should have the right to abortion anytime she desires and at any age she happens to be. Moreover, the polls also show something else. What do you suppose is more important than the issue of abortion? That's right, the good old root of all evil -- the pocketbook. The candidate who can promise the most entitlements gets the cherished endorsement.

I hate to be the bearer of doom-and-gloom, but as a thinker and a realist, I no longer see a silver lining in the clouds anymore. The fringes surrounding America's future are showing right now. Today foreclosures are out of control, oil prices are gushing skyward, food prices are hard to swallow, medical cost make you sick, all the while the dollar keeps declining. Notice, the one thing we want to protect is the very item being affected -- the pocketbook.

Today's abortion issue is merely one among many moral issues that needs fixing. Throughout history, we have had watchmen like Noah, Jonah and others who warned of impending danger and the need to repent. Yet, many times the warnings were ignored, while at other times, including 9/11 and Katrina, everyone was caught off guard and by surprise. Are we living in a period of time, which is repeating the warnings of the past? Could another impending disaster be looming round the corner? Have we paddled beyond the river of no return? Is there still gold at the end of the rainbow?

These are questions we seek answers to, but another question each of us must ask ourselves -- "What matters most, my pocketbook or my morals?" Your vote will tell exactly where you stand. As I see it, if America's morals are not right, the American dream will become the American nightmare. Maybe, just maybe, Jerry Falwell and the Moral Right were right after all.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A First Time Interview With Satan

I would not wish this on anyone considering this critter's fate. Nevertheless, walk with me for a brief period to peer inside such a warped mind. My hope is to conjure up some inkling of what might make such a being tick.

If I were Satan, I would already know certain things about people. After all, I have been around them for about 6000 years. I know their desires and the things they will accept. I know how to entice them to believe questionable issues. You must realize I had a lot to learn. Apparently I came on too strong before the big flood.

I have since learned to ease into things and be more persuasive. Oh sure I lost out to Job, Jesus and those others, but that was all in the learning process. I have come a long way since then. Look at all I have accomplished just within the last 50 years. You my friend should be proud of me. I am proud of myself. Oh, don't believe that pride goeth before destruction stuff in the Bible. That is a bunch of lies. You need to listen to me; I will take you places -- hah, hah, hah.

Take the case of prayer in schools back in 1962. It did not take a genius to realize what would happen if prayer was taken out of schools. That's right; the next step was to take God out of schools and then out of everywhere else. Since the parents were not teaching about God at home, they would never hear about Him. That is why schools now teach there is no God and generations have and will continue to pass that down to their children's children. As an added bonus, they now teach sex in schools, my favorite subject, even to small children. I pride myself with that achievement. After all, Jesus called me the prince of this world. Remember, He never disputed me when I showed and offered Him all the kingdoms of this world if He would bow down to me. You can be sure I would never have given them to Him if He did bow to me. You know, He once called me the father of lies -- ha, ha.

Back in 1973, I was able to earn a landmark Supreme Court chalk-one-up-for-me victory. Also back in the 70's and 80's, I set the stage for another group to become bolder and more visible. Then in 2004, I convinced people to turn a godly President into one of the most disliked Presidents ever? All I had to do was persuade people that 4000 troops who volunteered, and who were eager and willing to die for their country in Iraq was exceedingly more important than 80,000,000 innocent babies who have died involuntarily. Yeah, it is no longer like the old days; I find my job so much easier anymore. All I had to do this election year was to tell the younger voters the government would give them everything if they voted for the right candidate. Hee, hee - boy did they get fooled - I guess that's why they call me the great deceiver, huh?

Look at all the ways available today to infiltrate peoples minds; drugs, music, radio, TV, computers, religions -- yes, religions. I have invented so many of them to add to their confusion. I even concocted religions that believe in Jesus; however, I have made Him anything but the Son of God. I thought that was clever too - ha, ha. Hey, have you also noticed that more people than ever are looking forward to the day that honors me, Halloween. I have almost assured them that Christmas is bad and Halloween is good.

Don't let this leak out, but my main project today is to confuse, distort and make people believe the Bible is full of lies. I know I have been doing that for centuries, but this is a big push for today. Huh - you ask me why? Certainly you jest. The Bible makes me tremble. Between me and you and the gate post, I know it is the true Word of God. In the past I watched as God gave certain men words to write about what He wanted people to know. I also watched those men as they did so with great painstaking detail and care. Yes, the Bible is my biggest hindrance to keeping people on my side. Remember, I only come to kill, steal and destroy. How can I do that if the Bible takes people from me and sets them free? I don't like that. That's why I put doubts in their hearts about things. People get confused very easily.

Let me clue you in on a little secret of mine. It's not what I say, but how I say it. I tell my people all the time -- don't say, "Jesus is not the only way." Say it with a question like this, "Is Jesus really the only way?" See how that puts doubt in their heart. Do you remember when I used that on Eve in the Garden? -- Oh, you were not there. Anyway, I said to Eve, "Did God really say, you shall not surely die?" I look back on that all the time. That was funny because besides making her sin, I also took away the earthly dominion authority from man. That's why I am the prince of this world. The best part to this whole thing is I have people thinking that other people are their problem. They don't know, it's really me -- ha, ha.

My long-range goal now is to take the heavenly kingdom authority away from God. All I need to do is change one of His biblical truths into a lie and God will be under my authority, because I am the father of lies. That means I will be the father -- hah, hah, hah. Well, back to work. I must get all those who follow me to keep all those other people from becoming thinkers. Once they realize I have been deceiving them all along, I might lose them to the other side. Oh my lord, I must be off -- bye.